I chose to live in a tiny floating home to be able to travel to beautiful tropical islands, Where The Coconuts Grow. Just as other parts of the world face natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes, the part of the world I live in faces volcanoes and hurricanes.
Being a digital nomad or working in a location-independent capacity doesn’t mean you have to travel but rather that you can. If you want to work for a few weeks at a trendy Co-Op in Asheville, NC and then catch a moderately priced flight to Taipei for a few months of intensive Chinese submersion, you can. But to make the most of the fringe benefits it helps to have a few tools handy and with over 64% 1 of the American population owning a smart phone (utilizing an App system) it is more simple than ever!
Below are what I consider the Top 5 Tools for the digital nomad . They are broken down by category.
WHERE DO I GO?
So you have built up some savings. You have clients on contract providing you with passive and consistent income. You have time to explore and a desire to learn more about a new culture. Where do you go? I would suggest Nomad List first.
Nomad List is a directory of cities and their stats such as cost of living, temperature, WiFi availability and speed, co-working space prices, safety, food prices and more. Each city is assigned a Nomad score comprised of the outlined criteria as well as a Q&A forum that has relevant threads displayed in the city result so you can immediately enter a conversation about your potential location. Continue reading
Recently, while my tiny house was being photographed for a local magazine, the photographer commented that my closet was not the “typical” minimalist closet and that she could tell (from the various sleeves and pant legs that were sticking out) that I still enjoyed being stylish.
Well of course I do!
Just because I moved into a house that is smaller than many people’s closets, doesn’t mean that I suddenly stopped caring about what I look like! But I know what the photographer meant by her comment.
Often the image that comes to mind when someone hears “minimalist” or “tiny house dweller” is someone who lives in cargo shorts, a t-shirt and Birkenstocks. Or at the very least, with a minimal wardrobe of basic, interchangeable pieces like solid color tee shirts, blouses and pants.
Yea, I am definitely neither of those.
To prepare for my tiny house move, I did have to downsize my wardrobe. Like A LOT. I pulled out literally mounds of clothes, shoes and bags. I donated to the abused women’s shelter, I sold some items at consignment stores, I gave some things to friends and I took a couple loads to Goodwill.
BUT even as I scaled down the amount of clothing and accessories that I owned… I in no way changed my style. In fact, if anything, paring down your wardrobe really makes you zero in on your personal style because you have to be selective about what you keep. Continue reading
Bum – (noun) A traveler, with no particular purpose or destination.
Nomad – (noun) A member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture.
Interesting. It seems the two are not the same even though I’ve been called bum and a few other choice things. Truth is, it is just a word and it is one that could not be farther from the truth when talking about life as a digital nomad. SECRET #1 – Being a digital nomad or running your own location-independent company requires as much, if not more, work than any corporate position you may have previously held. There is no one to bring in clients other than you. The work can’t be passed on. In fact, the buck stops with you usually. Your office supplies have to be purchased by you and then carried around by you. There is no office closet that rivals the Office Depot. When working as a nomad you have to be responsible for every second of every day or else your business will suffer and ultimately you will suffer (be it emotionally, physically, mentally, etc) But where do all these online jobs come from? How do you find examples of revenue generating online businesses? How can you escape working for someone else and figuring out how to work for yourself? Continue reading